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Sat Apr 19 04:19:00 SAST 2014

Reid wasn't sure of comeback after mother's death

TEAMtalk Media | 27 June, 2012 11:030 Comments
Kraft Nabisco Championship - Round Three
Melissa Reid of England hits onto the sixth green during the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club on March 31, 2012 in Rancho Mirage, California
Image by: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

Prague Golf Masters champion Melissa Reid admits that she wasn't sure when - or if - she would return to golf after her mother's death.

Reid's parents were involved in a car accident in Germany where they had come to watch their daughter take part in the German Open. Tragically, her mother passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the accident.

The 24-year-old reveals that the connection between the death of her mother and her golf made her question whether she wanted to continue playing.

"Initially I wasn't sure about playing golf because (the accident) happened during a golf tournament, so I wasn't sure how I was going to do," she told Morning Drive.

"Then I started to miss it, and my mom would have wanted me to start playing. She wanted me to be the best player in the world and live the dream I wanted to live."

Reid responded in the best possible way, winning her comeback tournament after holing in a six-footer for par to seal a one-stroke victory over Diana Luna.

"Anything that's thrown at me now, I feel I can take the best out of a bad situation," said the Derby native.

"Normally, if I won, I'd stay on if I didn't have a week off and enjoy it with the girls, but I wasn't interested," she added.

"I just wanted to go home and give my dad a hug, really, to see him have a bit of a smile on his face again.

"It still hasn't really sunk in, the tragedy that has happened in our family, really. I think maybe not in six months, maybe not in a year but it will eventually make me a much, much stronger person, a much stronger competitor, because at the end of the day, (golf) is not really that big of a deal."

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